Archive | February, 2019

Between Heaven And Earth

24 Feb

Between Heaven And Earth…

Grandfather was one who always had the answer to my questions, no matter how trivial they were. I remember one time I asked what is between heaven and earth, what holds us together?

He looked at me and pondered on how to answer the question, then opened up and started talking.

LOVE is what holds earth to heaven and it is our job to keep LOVE alive and well so there will always be a connection between the two! Then he sat back, smiled and waited for me to respond.

Ok I said, I know our greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves but I never gave it any thought that love is what holds us to heaven. Then I sat back and thought more about what he said for a few minutes then smiled at him and added. It is the fulfillment of the law and overcomes all other laws.

Romans 13:8-10 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever lovehas fulfilled the law.

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Grandfather sat back, smiled at me then said you have found your answer. Without love we fail His law for He is love. Without Him we don’t exist. As Christians we are to keep LOVE alive and shine our lights to lead others to Him. That love is the connection between heaven and earth.

Now, I have to admit Grandfather always challenged me to think and his answer did catch me off guard, but it also forced me to think about the lessons he has taught me over the years. Many times we, as Christians, fail to realize the commitment we made to God when we accepted Jesus as our savior.

We committed to live by His laws and to share His love with our neighbors. As hard that it is, He has promised to be there with us along the way. He is patient and caring, forgiving us when we falter, always guiding us back on the correct path. He asks so little, why is it so hard for us to love each other? Why is it so easy to find fault with others rather than to see the good?

The answer just could be it is easier to see the faults of other than it is to admit we have some, if not all the same faults. It’s easier to turn our backs than it is to offer a hand up. It’s easier because we, as Christians, chose to take the easy way rather than step up and set the example. We, as a whole, have become lazy and complacent!

The time has come for each and everyone of us to wake up and see what we have done and how we have failed God. It takes no more energy to smile and say hello to someone than it does to turn your head and pretend you didn’t see them. It takes love to reach out and help someone, but that love is returned many times more.

Are you fulfilling your obligation as a Christian? If not why? Get up and shine your light!!!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Dreams – Should We Follow or Chase Them

18 Feb

Dreams – follow or chase…

How many times have you asked yourself if I had done things differently years ago where would I be today? Have you ever felt your life just hasn’t turned out the way you thought it would?

I would guess we all have made some decisions in our life that today we wish would have done differently. If you could go back and redo it, would you?

I often wonder what if I did this instead, then look at my chosen path and say God led me here, why am I questioning it? When it comes right down to it, our life is opening up exactly as it should and we chose the path we took with our Faith in God to protect us as we ventured down that path. I did without reservation.

Do I question where would I be if I went another direction? Of course I have, then I remember the blessings I have received, the people I have been able to help and those who helped me. It is then I realize that I chose the right path and have no need to look back at my life. God has lead me here for a reason and that reason is being opened to me everyday of my life.

Now, to the question, do you follow your dreams or chase them. I, personally, say you follow them because you will make fewer mistakes. By that is my opinion, you may think you need to chase them so you can get more out of life. I guess it’s a personal decision, but I know this for sure, if you are following the path God has laid out for you and have Faith that he is going to walk beside you, your life will turn out just fine.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Best We Can Expect

17 Feb

The Best We Can Expect…

I received several comments on my post My World, Your World and the World We Live In but one stood out so much I felt the need to write about it.

The reader commented “You are right on. It is very hard to accept this world. Best we can expect is to walk through it and stay true to the word.

It made me wonder what do we, as Christians expect in this world we live in? Of even, for that matter, what do we expect for ourself?

Remember we each live in our own world that expands as we grow and share our world with each other.

Grandfather would tell me that you only get out of life what you are willing to put into it. If you pour love out, love pours back in and many times much more than you pour out.

Over the years I’ve found that to be very true. Most everything you give in your life comes back in a much stronger way, good or bad.

I did respond to the reader as promised.

“The bright side of living in today’s world is that I know He has my back and will guide me through the maze. I don’t have to worry about what’s waiting around the bend because He is already there marking my path.

It’s not that we expect to walk through it and stay true to the word, it’s the knowledge that He has promised to be with us each and every step. I have no worries because He has never broken a promise.”

So, for me, my Faith in God carries me through this world and the knowledge that He is always with me just strengthens my Faith. To me it’s a win win solution to the problem so many in our world seem to be facing.

Is it a problem of too little Faith or just lack of understanding the love of God?

What are your thoughts on this?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed